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Attention: Drought WARNING is in effect for City of Charlottesville. Every drop counts! Mandatory drought restrictions are in place, and no outdoor watering. Read the full announcement here. For more info on droughts see the Drought Page.

Water Conservation Is Essential For Life.  Water is an essential component of life itself. In order to ensure its availability, while saving you money at the same time, it is crucial that everyone practice good water conservation, especially in times of drought. Charlottesville Water encourages every citizen to follow these tips on easy ways to save.

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Weeks of dry conditions have resulted in lower than normal river & reservoir levels. Area residents are requested to restrict outdoor water usage, follow other drought restrictions, and implement water conservation measures. 

To sustain water supply levels, mandatory drought restrictions are in place:

  • No outdoor watering.
  • No washing of any vehicles or other types of mobile equipment except at a commercial vehicle wash facility.
  • No exterior surface washing including streets, driveways, parking lots, service station aprons, and outside of buildings.
  • No filling or replenishing swimming and wading pools.
  • No serving of water in restaurants, except upon request.
  • No use of fire hydrants for any other purpose other than fire suppression.
  • Limit daily changing of linens and towels at commercial lodging establishments.

Go to our Drought page to see a full list of Drought Restrictions: Click Here


Save Water and Save Money: Check out our Rebates & Incentives

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 FREE Water Conservation Kit                         $100 WaterSense Toilet Rebate                  $30 Rain Barrel Rebate


Upcoming Water Conservation News & Events

 2017 Imagine a Day without Water

Student Art Contest: Why Does Every Drop Count? September 12th - October 16th (CLICK HERE FOR FLYER)

Imagine a Day without Water Event: 11am - 1pm, October 11th on the Downtown Mall

Rockin the Rivanna: 10:30am - 3pm, September 30th at Darden Towe & Riverview Park

October 31st: UVA Fall Sustainability Festival

**New Get to know your drinking water- Read the 2017 Annual Water Quality Report

 For a Full List of News & Events: Click Here


 Imagine A Day Without Water

Can you imagine a day without water?  The City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County Service Authority, and Rivanna Water & Sewer Authority are hosting an event and art contest open to Grades 1st - 8th in the City and County.

Artwork will be accepted: September 12th - October 16th

Theme: Why Does Every Drop Count?
Water is essential for life. You need water for everything from brushing your teeth, growing the food you eat, and making the things you use everyday. Why is water important to you and why does every drop count?

For more information on the art contest & entry forms: CLICK HERE

There will be an Imagine A Day without Water event on the Downtown Mall Wednesday, October 11th from 11am - 1pm! Come learn why every drop counts and how you can save water. 
For more information on the event: CLICK HERE

For more info about the contest and event, CLICK HERE.

2016 Imagine A Day without Water 7th & 8th Grade Winner

 7th – 8th Grade: Marco Lopez, Buford Middle School, Grade 8
2016 Imagine a Day without Water Art Contest Winner

 City of Charlottesville Receives the 2017 WaterSense Partner of the Year Award

The City of Charlottesville received one of 20 WaterSense awards at the WaterSmart Innovations Conference for helping Americans to save water, energy, and money. The City of Charlottesville’s Water Conservation program was honored as a 2017 WaterSense Partner of the Year Award winner for several key programs and community engagement including:

  • The Imagine a Day without Water campaign and student art contest with 445 youth entries from the City and County showing what a day without water means to them.
  • A new focus on being water smart outside with weather driven messaging to help inform the community when to water their lawns and promote ways to save water when it’s hot out.
  • Consistent participation in numerous community events throughout the entire year as well as promotion of conservation messages and tips to save water through TV commercials, print ads, radio ads, and social media.
  • Distribution of over 500 water conservation kits plus an additional 1,100 WaterSense labeled showerheads and 1,492 WaterSense labeled faucet aerators to City residents.

Thank you to City of Charlottesville residents that support and help make the Charlottesville Water Conservation Program such a success! We are excited to find new and innovative ways to save water in Charlottesville. 

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Jill Greiner, Charlottesville Water Conservation Program Coordinator, receiving the 2017 EPA WaterSense Partner of the Year Award from Leo Gueriguian, acting Associate Director, OWN Water Infrastructure Division, U.S. EPA.

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More than 1 trillion gallons of water are wasted each year from household leaks. Leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water in an average home every year (that is the amount of water needed to was 270 loads of laundry). 

Detect and Chase Down Leaks with this Checklist! Click Here

Save water in your house by following these 3 simple steps:

CHECK: for leaks from faucets, showerheads, sprinklers, and other fixtures. Also check your toilets for silent leaks using a leak detection dye tablet (free for City Residents, contact the water conservation program coordinator to get some). Don't forget to check irrigation systems and spigots too!

TWIST: and tighten hose & pipe connections. To save water without a noticeable difference in flow in your bathroom, twist on a WaterSense labeled faucet aerator (free for City residents, contact the water conservation program coordinator to get one).

REPLACE: fixtures as necessary with WaterSense labeled products, which are independently certified to use 20% less water and perform as well as or better than standard models (free WaterSense showerheads for City residents, contact the water conservation program coordinator to get one).

For more information on how to save water in your home, check our our Programs & Resources Page!

6 Easy Ways to be Water Smart Outside

Lean how to conserve water outside, especially during the hot summer months!

1. Maximize Rainwater: Take advantage of natural rainfall by installing a rain barrel. For more information on the Rain Barrel Rebate Program: CLICK HERE

2. Water Early: Early mornings are typically when heat and wind are lowest, which means water is less likely to evaporate before your plants can soak it up!

3. Water Wisely: Figure out how much water your lawn and plants really need. It is probably much less then you think!!

4. Create a Water-Wise Landscape: A beautiful yard is more than just grass.  Visit our Water Wise Landscaping and Water Wise Plants pages to learn more about the variety of different plants that can make up an attractive and water wise landscape.  These include plants that can keep your yard visually appealing in the winter.

5. Use the Right Hose: Did you know there are different types of hoses? Read the full post to find out which hose better fits your needs.

6. Fix Outdoor Leaks: A broken sprinkler can waste 25,000 gallons of water in six months. Prevent this water loss by checking your sprinkler for leaks at both the sprinkler head AND where if connects to the hose.

Read the full post and learn more about how to be Water Smart Outside, check our Programs and Resources Page.


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For more information on how to be Water Smart Outside, check our Programs & Resources Page: Click Here

Be Water Smart Inside:

Remember to Check. Twist. Replace. to be water smart inside your home! 

The Toilet Rebate:

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As of July 1, 2012, only WaterSense labeled toilets will be eligible for the rebate.  WaterSense products have been tested by a third party and are proven to be as effective as conventional products while using at least 20% less water!

The City of Charlottesville is offering a $100 rebate for the purchase and installation of a WaterSense toilet.  Open the brochure to submit for your rebate now, or go to this page for more detailed program information.

Use of the toilet accounts for 30% of the average home's indoor water use. Toilets from before 1994 are especially wasteful; if replaced by an efficient model, a typical household can save thousands of gallons per year! Make water conservation automatic - install a WaterSense toilet.

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Residential Water Calculators:

In addition, the Alliance for Water Efficiency has a new calculator on their Home Water Works website.  You can find more water calculators on our links page.The City of Charlottesville has a residential water use calculator available! This calculator will help to determine where your water goes, which can help you find the best ways to conserve. You will be able to compare your usage to the average in our community.

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Free Indoor Water Conservation Kits:

A program in place since 2002, City residents may pick up a FREE kit from the Utility Billing office, located in City Hall. The low flow fixtures are easy to install, and will make daily water conservation easy for the whole family! For question, please contact the Water Conservation Program Coordinator.


Take a look at our new brochures, published by the Environmental Protection Agency:

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            Simple Steps to Save Water
These are now available at City Hall and the Utility Billing Office, and will be at all water conservation events around town.

Unsure how to start saving water this year?

           Check out the Charlottesville Water Conservation Checklist for 2017 and start saving water now! 

For more information on how to be Water Smart Inside, check our Programs & Resources Page: Click Here
For more information on City rebates & incentives: Click Here

Water Conservation in the Media 

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  Charlottesville Water Conservation is on Facebook!
   Like us to stay up-to-date with our programs, events, and ways to save water! Click Here to Like Us!

Did you know that Charlottesville Public Works has a Twitter account!
  Follow @CvillePW to get updates on your utilities, traffic, water conservation, and environmental updates!
  Click Here to Follow Us!

Three water conservation commercials are airing on local TV stations. If you haven't seen them yet - or simply must watch again - they are posted on VIMEO
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   Toilet Rebate

Charlottesville Water Conservation Newsletter

Interested in getting approximately monthly updates from the Charlottesville Water Conservation Program? Join our newsletter to get updates on events, news, and resources and tips on how to save water and money! Email us for details: waterconservation@charlottesville.org


For more information, contact: Charlottesville Water (434) 970-3800

or Email the Water Conservation Program Coordinator

Direct Website Link: www.charlottesville.org/waterconservation

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